Below are some of the comments I've received from
readers. The feedback from
these and other individuals has motivated me to continue working on
this free resource.
I would HIGHLY recommend reading Bill's online book of digital
photography found here:
http://www.digitalbirdphotography.com/. I was not aware of
this online book until today and I have to say that I am very
impressed! While pretty technical the content is excellent, very well
informed and covers digital photography IN DEPTH! Well worth the
professional nature photographer (October, 2009)
"Thanks so much for your excellent online work 'Secrets of Digital Bird
Photography,' which I stumbled upon a few days ago. It is the
only end-to-end treatment of digital bird photography I have seen (I'm
very familiar with Artie Morris' work, BPN, etc.) and the free online
access just blows me away. As a retired engineer and professor, I
especially appreciate your systematic scientific approach to digital
imaging, your practical comments on Canon and Nikon gear, technique,
and your outstanding photos. Thanks again for a job very well
~Keith, professor emeritus (November 2009)
"I reviewed your book on bird
photography and will have to say maybe the
best I've ever read, and I've read a lot of books on bird photography
including The Art of Bird Photography by Arthur Morris. My
hat is off to you for posting your book for
everyone to read free, plus everything you have posted. We need more
photographers like you to share their experiences and how to do
Your images from Fla. were outstanding."
~Gene in NC (November 2009)
"I just wanted to send you a note
and express the enjoyment and
wonderful information I am getting from reading your book on bird
photography thus far. I will strongly consider purchasing a print
edition when it is available so please put me on your mailing
list. I believe this is a unique piece of work because I have
read several photography books and a few bird photography books and
none have been as thorough as yours in providing quite a bit of
scientific background information about the workings of a camera's auto
focus system, sensor technology, and what noise is all about."
~Alan (March 2010)
"I'm reading Secrets of Digital
Bird Photography on line. It is fantastic. And, this is the
fan letter part, I think your photos are the best I've seen on the
internet. I am on carolinabirds, etc., and get your
e-mails. Please keep sending them out. I take photos of
birds as well and hope to be in your league someday, though not in the
~Phil (June, 2011)
"Just a quick note to say that I
enjoy your web book immensely and think that 'you the man' when it
comes to digital bird photography. Please can I be placed on the
waiting list for a signed copy of the forthcoming book and can I offer
you a donation via paypal"
~Keith (June, 2011)
"I have been looking at your Bird
Photography website and I want to ask you how much is one of your books
The Pocket Guide to Digital Bird Photography and do you think you will
every publish the full version book in paper. I am truly blown
away at the information that you have. I collect nature
photography books and would absolutely love to have one of you
copies. You are a great photographer, again beautiful book."
~Troy (June, 2011)
"First I’d like to say Thank You
very much for all the great information you have provided in you
Secretes of Digital Bird Photography. I can imagine how much time has
gone into this since my wife and I co-authored a book. This is truly a
great resource for all bird photographers. I have picked up many
~Doug (June, 2011)
"I don’t remeber how, but I found
your page 2 days ago and it’s so full of good and excelent information,
I start reading and have not stopped yet. Just excelent.
Thanks for sharing all your experience and findings."
~Hector (June, 2011)
"Please put me on the waiting list
for a signed book if possible. Your work on Digital Bird
Photography is amazing to say the least. Thank you making it available
for free online. I would love to have a copy of the entire book.
Is it possible for you to reduce this to a downloadable PDF file?"
~Hayden (June, 2011)
"Your on-line book is by far one
of the best I have found. Thank you very much for making it
available. I will be sending you a donation because I can't even
imagine the time it took to write."
~Laura (June, 2011)
"I accidentally stumbled across
your Secrets of Digital Bird Photography book. Wow, I'm
impressed! I wish that had been available when I started out
~Frank (June, 2011)
"I am a novice at bird photography
but professional optical engineer with with years of experience in lens
design. This book does a great job of bringing technical concepts into
~Richard (May, 2011)
"I would just like to thank you
for this great free information. I have recently taken up bird
photography and find this information extremely valuable and very well
written. Do you have a bank acc that I may transfer a donation."
~Peter (May, 2011)
"I am reading your online book,
very good book, thanks for share this
information. I live in Mexico, in PAchuca city of HIdalgo state, when
you wish watch cloud forest birds, you can visit my home, you are
~Raul from Mexico (March 2010)
"I have been searching for a great
website to explain the basics of
bird photography for a while, and stumbled upon yours just recently and
just wanted to tell you it is absolutely fantastic! Very clear, very
easy to follow, and it answers all my questions. I will
definitely end up buying the book when it comes out because it is that
great. Thanks so much! And keep up the great work!"
~Max (March 2010)
"Have enjoyed reading your 'work in progress.' It is already the best
digital photography book I’ve ever read and I anxiously await its
~Jeff in NC (December, 2009)
I have started reading the long, on line version of the book and I am
mesmerized!!! It is more than outstanding, it is amazing!!!
~Nick (April, 2011)
I have been into bird photography
for a couple of years now and am still a rank amateur but I truly enjoy
doing this. Your online book is the absolute best source of info
on the subject I have found – online or in book. I couldn’t
believe what I had stumbled into while looking for information on the
use of flash with bird photography. I have seen nothing that is
nearly as comprehensive, yet practical. You explain things in a
straightforward and down to earth manner. The material is very
easy to read and the photos are very helpful as well as a joy to
view. I can’t imagine how much work went into this. You can
tell that you really love photographing birds. Thanks for doing
this. I am mailing a small contribution to help with the website
expenses and look forward to purchasing one of your books.
~Rick (January, 2011)
It would seem you have produced
perhaps the most thoroughly detailed text on photography I've ever
seen. I taught photography at a community college for a few years
and relied on Upton and London, but view your work as much superior.
~John (January, 2011)
Came across the manual yesterday,
and have already found several chapters that I'm positive are going to
make my images so much better. I would happily pay for a book
this well done, so please don't give up on that idea. Anyhow,
thank you so much for the time and effort you've put into this
project. Given how well it's done, I know it's been a labor of
love and to offer it to us as you have, is the greatest gift.
~Anne (January, 2011)
I would like to congratulate you
on what is certainly the most comprehensive title on bird photography I
~Justen (December, 2010)
I recently discovered your
wonderful web site and published the link on the nature photography
forum I follow, in Italy... I hope you will notice an increase in hits
(and maybe some donations) from our country. You deserve it!
~Diego (December, 2010)
I googled for help, and came
across your absolutely unbelievable site. Two hours later,
I'm writing to say thank you! Your photos are absolutely amazing.
Your breadth of knowledge and your willingness to share it, are
heartwarming. You've put together a remarkably well-written and
comprehensive treatise. I've got it bookmarked and will be referring to
~Al (December, 2010)
Please add me to the waiting list
for your book. I just discovered the full-length e version today &
know it will become my “Bible”. Thank you in advance for sharing your
knowledge & experience…. Very refreshing in today’s world!
~Debbi (May, 2011)
I just first want to thank you for
providing all this information free....quite outstanding and I'm
learning so much.
~Nichola (May, 2011)
I have been through the free
version on the internet and you have really captured and informed us
the reader on how to capture the true flight of the birds. I live
in South Africa and would really like a singed copy if possible.
~Maria (May, 2011)
I would love to be placed on the
waiting list to purchase (hopefully) a signed copy of your new book.
For now I will wait patiently and enjoy your online version… Thanks so
~Jeff (April, 2011)
I'm interested in your pocket book
"Secrets of Digital Bird Photography. Please place me on the
list. Your work is stunning.
~Pamela (April, 2011)
Please put me on the waiting list
for your new pocket guide. Secrets of Bird Photography is an
excellent work. Thank you for sharing your talent and skills.
~John (April, 2011)
I firstly want to congratulate you
on putting together a wonderful Book. I am currently reading my
way through every page. Put me down as a definite purchaser of
your book on the day it becomes available.
~Bill (February, 2011)
I'm a fan of your work and used
some of the techniques I learned in your online book ("Secrets of
Digital Bird Photography") to take these pictures. I still have
much to learn and greatly appreciate folks like yourself who share
their expertise so generously.
~Carl (February, 2011)
I am thoroughly enjoying your
online copy and would like to have a hard copy..
~Dave (February, 2011)
I'm about half way through reading
your digital bird photography tome. Let me first say that it is
quite well done and contains a wealth of information, no matter what
one's level of expertise. Thank you for sharing all your
~Allan (February, 2011)
What a fabulous book. I sure hope
you can get it printed!!
~Mike (January, 2011)
Add me to what must by now be a
long list of people who would buy this book in a heartbeat. Your
photos are brilliant! Thanks for sharing them with us.
~Cheryl (January, 2011)
"It was great to discover your
online book. With your permission,
I would like to share the website with the people attending my workshop
and print out one copy for display. Your work is wonderful and I think
the participants would really appreciate it."
~Kathleen, park ranger (October 2009)
"I just wanted to congratulate you
on the portions of your Secrets of
Digital Bird Photography book that have thus far been posted.
Superb job. I'm eagerly awaiting the chapter on using an external
the most recent update having whet my appetite. Anyway, keep up
~Ian (August 2009)
"Just wanted to drop a note of
thanks for making your wealth of
knowledge on bird photography available to the masses. Your
presentation is very informative and easy to follow."
~Syd (January 2010)
"... all of the 'drop dead' photos you have taken of hawks and other
birds and animals. I have visited your site in the past. I cannot begin
to describe the pleasure I get from viewing your photos. Thank you,
thank you, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
~Nancy (December 2009)
"Seeking for info about big Sigmas
I discovered your site and I must
say I'm impressed with it. Great work!"
~Pedro (September 2009)
"I have been
reading the online book Secrets of Digital Bird
Photography. I am impressed and inspired by the photgraphs you have
taken. Thank you."